El Parque Nacional del Chicamocha

Chicamocha Park, Santander November 1, 2012

This is my last blog about Tony, Jane, Siggy and Hilary in Santander province. (As soon as we got back to the boat after our travels in Santander, we set off for Kuna Yala where we didn’t have any proper web access; so I wasn’t able to post any of the Santander blogs last month.)

The view from Chicamocha park.

Tony and I liked Santander best of all the places we visited in Colombia. Bogotá is too high and too cold. Cartegena is too hot. But Santander is just right! Maybe our opinion is affected by the fact that our friend Jaime Torres lives in Santander. Jaime and his family were generous and delightful hosts and tour guides throughout our stay in Santander.

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Enchanting Barichara

Barichara, Santander Province, Colombia, November 1 to 3rd, 2012

One of the most enchanting towns on earth is Barichara. It is a small, beautifully preserved, colonial town on a mesa in the Santander province in Colombia. If it weren’t in the middle of Colombia, it would be overrun with tourists.

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Guane, Barichara’s Mini-Me

Guane, Santander Province, Colombia, November 2, 2012

Guane is Barichara’s Mini-Me. It is even smaller than Barichara, but has very similar architecture and ambiance. Guane is a two-hour walk from Barichara along an old paved trail built by a Scott a few hundred years ago. Tony, Siggy and Hilary did the walk with a Dutch guide, Joop.
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Parapente en Ruitoque (or parasailing in the Andes)

Ruitoque, Floridablanca, Colombia, Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Tony and Jane meet up with On Delay’s latest guests, Siggy and Hilary, and explore the Santander department with lots of help and hosting from our wonderful Colombian friend Jaime and his (equally wonderful) family. This is the first blog about our adventures in Santander.

On Sunday afternoon, Jaime took us to Ruitoque — a parasailing location par excellence. There is a very professional club (Las Aguilas) that offers tandem flights. Tony, Jane, Sonia, Juan David, and Sarita (ages 15 to 50+) signed up for 20 minute flights.

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The On Delay crew and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visit la Escuela Naval de Cadetes

Escuela Naval de Cadetes, Isla Manzanillo, October 26, 2012

Doesn’t that title sound better than “Shopping for charts”?

Tony had read that we could buy charts at the local naval school. We imagined that we’d go somewhere equivalent to a college bookstore that sold maps instead of textbooks. However, it was more different and surreal than our imaginings.

Colombian Hydrographic Dept. map of the Caribbean

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